Roadmap drives Queensland to forefront of AgTech revolution
Published Friday, 17 November, 2023 at 12:25 PM
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities
The Honourable Mark Furner
- Queensland AgTech Roadmap released on National Agriculture Day.
- Steering Queensland agribusinesses and entrepreneurs to lead the world.
- Early adoption of tech a key opportunity for industry.
The Palaszczuk Government, with input from the agricultural industry and entrepreneurs, has finalised an AgTech Roadmap that will help keep Queensland on the path to being a hi-tech agricultural powerhouse.
Already punching above its weight with a gross value of production topping $24 billion for the first time in 2022/23, Queensland’s food, fibre and foliage industries are embracing new technology to meet challenges as diverse as managing biosecurity risks, labour supply and efficient supply chains.
The roadmap – a collaborative effort between the Queensland Government and key AgTech and industry leaders – will help point the way for early adoption of technologies that could drive even higher value for Queensland produce.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner officially released the Queensland AgTech Roadmap today.
You can read the Roadmap here: AgTech Roadmap | AgTech (daf.qld.gov.au)
Quotes attributable to Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner:
“Queensland already has a global reputation for quality, clean, green sustainable and great-tasting produce, and this roadmap will help industry put us at the forefront of agricultural technologies as well,” Mr Furner said.
“Our food, fibre and foliage industries are at an historic peak when it comes to the value of what they produce, but we also know there are ongoing challenges such as climate change, labour supply, high input costs and increasing expectations from consumers around the globe.”
“Agtech is a critical piece of the puzzle to ensure we have a sustainable, trusted and productive food and agribusiness sector.
“Consumers in Australia and around the world want to know their food and clothing is coming from sustainable and traceable sources and they want to shop with confidence in how these items are produced.
“We want our growers and producers to be global leaders as early adopters of revolutionary technologies and the first to bring new products and services to market.
“Queensland’s primary producers are world leading, and adopting the right technologies to enhance what they do is going to make sure they continue to be world leaders into the future.
“That means more good jobs, it means more export earnings and it means an even stronger thriving future for our farmers.”
Quotes attributable to Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur and AgTech Advisory Group Chair Julia Spicer OAM:
“Queensland’s agricultural products and regional industries remain the best in the world, and their innovations are launching AgTech founders onto the global stage.”
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